Maus tells the true story of Spiegelman’s father’s survival of, arguably, one of the darkest periods of world history – the Holocaust. The remarkable artwork treks Vladek’s story from pre-war Poland to Auschwitz, from young love to tragedy. Each character of the novel is given an animal head on a human body, representative of their origins. For example, the Jewish characters have heads of mice and the German characters have heads of cats. The strong subject matter of the Holocaust is lightened by snippets of present-day, as we are shown the relationship between father and son and can see how the war shaped them.
The artwork, and therefore the story, stays with you long after you have finished reading. I give it a 10/10.